What is the Employer’s Liability?
An employer’s liability for an employee with a disability is no different than any other typical employee. National studies have shown that workers who have a disability have no more accidents or injuries than other workers, and in fact, have a lower turnover rate.
What is a Job Coach?
We work directly with both the employer and employee to meet the employment goals. A coach is there to help the employee learn their tasks, and to help with communication skills. Systems are put into place allowing the job coach to eventually fade out of the day to day interactions. This gives the employee their independence and enables the employer to work directly with their new hire, as they would any other employee.
How much support will the job seeker get from the Employment Counsellor/Job Coach?
As employment counsellors/job coaches, our mandate is to support our job seekers through the various phases of employment, until everyone is comfortable with the situation, at which time the job coach fades into the background until further assistance is sought. If any retraining or assistance is needed these support systems are available upon request.
If I am uncomfortable giving direction or feedback to a person with a developmental disability, what do I do?
We offer Disability Awareness training to employers, teaching skills and giving tools to help the employer address any issues directly with their employee.